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Jerry Jones on Brandon Weeden: ‘You won’t see a more gifted passer’

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Jerry Jones on Tuesday did his best to put a positive spin on Tony Romo’s expected lengthy absence by glowingly singing the praises of Brandon Weeden.

The Dallas Cowboys owner, never one to shun hyperbole, arguably went above and beyond in touting the skills of Weeden, who is expected to be starting under center for up to the next eight weeks as Romo recovers from a fractured left clavicle suffered in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s New School show [KRLD-FM], via The Dallas Morning News. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it.”

Commentary like that reinforces that Jones is more than comfortable going forward with Weeden, who has “has really progressed,” Jones says.

The Cowboys on Tuesday will work out four quarterbacks — Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson — but Jones’ comments make it clear that any signed quarterback will serve in a backup role only. He also acknowledged that it isn’t even a “sure thing” that the Cowboys will sign any of them in the first place, as elevating Kellen Moore from the practice squad is an option as well.

While Weeden certainly can serve as a suitable replacement during Romo’s absence — he did go 7-of-7 for 73 yards and a touchdown in relief of Romo in Sunday’s game — Jones’ high praise certainly seems a bit over the top, but then again, who expects him to say otherwise?

Jones has been a veritable quote machine of late and the whopper of a doozy he unleashed Tuesday about not seeing a “more gifted passer” than Weeden arguably rivals how he said he felt “as low as a crippled cricket’s ass” in the wake of Tony Romo’s injury.